Ten things you never knew about... beer
Today is Beer Day Britain, which has been celebrated annually on June 15 since 2015. You can find out all about it at beerdaybritain.co.uk.
1. The date of June 15 was chosen as that was the day in 1215 when the Magna Carta was agreed. 2. Clause 35 of the Magna Carta stated: “Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale”. 3. The Panagrellus redivivus worm or “beer mat nematode” is often found living in moist beermats. 4. The phrase “small beer” meaning something of little importance was originally applied in the 15th century to inferior or low-alcohol beer. 5. Canned beer was introduced to the UK in 1935 by the Felinfoel Brewery in Wales. 6. The ring-pulls we have on beer cans today were first introduced in the UK in 1990. 7. In 2009, MPs including former LibDem leader Menzies Campbell supported an Early Day motion to welcome National Cask Ale Week. 8. In the Old Testament, both the Book Of Judges and the Book Of Numbers mention a well called Beer, “whereof the Lord spake unto Moses”. 9. These are the only mentions of beer or ale in the Bible. 10. The world record for drinking a litre of beer is 1.3 seconds. For three pints it is 31 seconds.